Tree Pruning Guidelines

The City of Bellevue is committed to natural resource stewardship and a healthy and sustainable urban forest. The Tree Pruning Guidelines (flipbook version) explain appropriate tree maintenance practices allowed in geological hazard critical areas. Trees and vegetation provide a multitude of benefits, which include clean water, clean air, enhanced quality of life, and improved property values.  A study in 2008  conducted by the city to assess the benefits of the city’s tree cover found 36 percent tree canopy coverage city-wide.  The tree canopy provides 62 million cubic feet in stormwater detention services valued at $123 million.  Bellevue’s canopy removes 687,000 pounds of air pollutants annually at a value of $1 .55 million per year. The study also found that Bellevue’s tree canopy stores 332,000 tons of carbon in trees’ wood and sequesters 2,582 tons of carbon annually. 

Contact Information

Land Use Desk
450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Phone: 425-452-4188